Get to know me

My name is Celeste A. Daniels, Author and creator of Skyewaters, a pen name I chose when I decided to start this blog.  I chose it because of this picture I had.  See how the Angel looks as if she’s playing with water…?

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It, together with the photo below, speaks to my soul…It encompasses so much of what I love in this world.  God, Angels, the ocean and the sky (especially the night sky).

skyewaters Here’s some of the reasons why these mean so much to me:

  • The night sky.  When I was younger, I would sit outside and just marvel at the stars in the sky.  I could get lost in them forever and imagine a happier life far away from this earth.  You could call me a dreamer
  • The ocean.  It resonates with me in so many ways, I just love the sight and smell of it.  Beautiful, powerful and calming to my spirit…it’s the essence of me.  I feel a close lingering affiliation whenever I am at its side.
  • Angels.  I love the thought of having a guardian Angel at my side.  Nothing is more beautiful to me than knowing they have my back no matter what.  Do I believe in them?  Well, yes I do…my name means Heavenly coincidentally 🙂
  • God (most important of all).  I firmly believe in the existence of a higher being, the Trinity.  Having been through what I have had to endure in my life, I don’t see how I can not.  There is no way I would have been able to survive or come out of the times in my life, which have defined who and what I am, without Him.  Ultimately, it has shaped and determined the purpose of my life.

Much of these experiences are shared on this website with you, my dear reader.  My aim is for it to become my legacy…my mark on this world but more importantly, a place where my children can connect with me (long after I’ve gone).

I’m just an ordinary person with views, ideas and opinions on things that make this world go round.  Expressing myself doesn’t always come easy but when it does, I write it down here.  I have a husband, 3 kids and some lemons handed to me on the journey of life…Some have been surprisingly pleasant tasting (probably more of an orange) and others NOT!

At the age of 29, I was diagnosed with an incurable condition called Hydrocephalus. From this point forward, my life took on a new journey filled with many challenges but also new beginnings.  It was also a point in my life, where my faith blossomed from one single flower to a garden of unending beauty.  At times beautiful buds will blossom and other times, they will just wither away and die as the tides of emotions sweep over me and life happens.  In the end, I stand strong with God as my helper.

I enjoy motivating people and making them feel good about themselves and life in general.  When I see someone else affected positively by something I’ve said or written…Well, let’s just say, it nourishes my soul in return.

Have a read around…you might just find something you’ve been looking for.

Thanks for your time!

Celeste

20 Comments

  • Bill Meyers

    December 21, 2016 at 12:34 am Reply

    Hi Celeste… I’m Bill. I was directed to this page ::somehow::, 2 or 3 minutes ago. I was likely reading a post on a Hydro blog or something, but can’t recall, thanks to short-term memory loss. (My short-term memory has about a 10 second span, sometimes less than that.) ANYWAY, I wanted to say hello. I’m 55, and was born with Hydro in 1961, when plastic (nylon? whatever) shunts were just gaining popularity.) I’ve had 3 shunts, (my current shunt is a V.A., which has lasted 35 years now) as well as bilateral subdural hematomas at age 19, following placement of a VP shunt. Those hematomas eventually had an impact on my memory, so I was forced to retire in my late 30’s. (I was a Medicaid Med-Waiver provider, teaching living skills and social skills to developmentally disabled adults, and teens with behavior disorders.) When they began having to remind ::me:: of things, I called it quits and applied for SSDI, which I’ve lived on since then. The government pays for my Medicare and my drug plan, so I just pay a small co-pay of $2.50 per drug. I wanted to address the parents of young kids that have Hydro: I attended public school, graduated high school early, went to college at 17, living alone in an off-campus apartment 100 miles from home. I was able to do that because my parents ::never:: treated me as “disabled”, never made things “easy”, taught me to embrace life for what it had to offer, work my hardest, never give up, and to ::get back up:: if I got knocked down. Above all, taught me about God, who has carried me more times than I can count. (When I had the hematomas at age 19, I actually prayed for death, or to be cured… “God, either let me die, or get me better…” I was out of ICU in 5 days, home and ::driving:: in 10 days. I went on to marriage, career, (in the mental health industry), and homeowner. In my 30’s I took an IQ test, at the insistence of my Neurologist, and I scored in the “Superior” range. (It was a 2 day “Weschler Adult Intelligence Survey, Revised” test.) Not the most fun you can have in 2 days, but it gave me something I could bore people with. 😉 ANYWAY, if there are any parents out there with questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to give you (or get you) an answer. Hydro is different for all of us. The more voices we have, explaining it to new parents, the better, in my opinion. We can relieve some of the worry that they have. “What will my kid be able to do?” “How will his life be different?” “How will she ever be able to get married?” Every parent has their own set of questions, and each of us with Hydro have a specialized set of answers. We should share those when we can. Sincerely, Bill Meyers (billwithmanycritters@gmail.com)

    • Skyewaters

      December 21, 2016 at 3:48 am Reply

      Hi Bill.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story. I will most definitely keep your details. I fully agree that we should share, which is why I post my blogs.
      I will e-mail you something a little later regarding addressing parents of young kids😊

  • Duncan Salloway

    July 2, 2016 at 10:39 pm Reply

    I too am a Hydro survier 15 years ago I slipped on some ice 5 years latter I was diagnosed with Hydro, just prior to getting on a plane which would have killed me, I was lucky then 30 Brain Surguries latter I consider myself lucky almost everyday. I just wish the Dam headaches would go away.

    • Skyewaters

      July 3, 2016 at 2:15 am Reply

      Hi Duncan
      It sounds like it took a long time for your diagnosis to come through. I can’t even imagine having 30 surgeries but glad you were able to get through all of them. The headaches are no fun and I sure don’t wish them on anyone. I pray you get some relief and have more good days than bad.
      Thanks for commenting.

  • Delray Williams

    June 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm Reply

    You’re such an inspiration! Congratulations on your website and many blessings for the future.

    • admin

      June 22, 2016 at 5:28 am Reply

      Thank you kindly Delray.

  • Mrs Minion

    June 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm Reply

    Just saw your recent post on the old blog and of course, I’m coming over here too!

    • admin

      June 22, 2016 at 5:28 am Reply

      Awesome! Thanks for the support 🙂

  • Jacinda Thomas

    June 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Dearest Celeste.. I’m so proud of what you have achieved. You are a living witness with so many testimonies to share. I look forward to reading your blog. May it be a huge success. All the best.

    • admin

      June 22, 2016 at 5:27 am Reply

      Thank you very much JT 🙂 I would love to take the credit but it’s not mine to take. There is only one who can be in control 😉

  • Bronwyn Daniels

    June 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm Reply

    Congrats Celeste so proud of you my sister by the law 😊😚

    • admin

      June 22, 2016 at 5:26 am Reply

      Thank you Bron

  • Denise Philander

    June 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Congrats, haven’t read all yet, but some thought provoking articles, keep it coming!

    • admin

      June 22, 2016 at 5:25 am Reply

      Thanks Denise. I most definitely will do that 😉

  • Jennifer Adams

    June 21, 2016 at 8:46 am Reply

    Beautiful Celeste (Skyewaters)- So proud of you. All the best

    • admin

      June 22, 2016 at 5:24 am Reply

      Thank you Jenny 🙂

  • Christine Cormack

    December 19, 2015 at 2:00 am Reply

    Skye, you are such a philosopher! Thank you for sharing your wise thoughts with us so eloquently. You’re right: life has handed us lemons, so the best we can do now is to make a lovely big jug of lemonade for hot days like we have now here in Queensland, Australia, some yummy lemon curd tarts, preserved lemons or whatever else takes your fancy. And enjoy the process, and the results!

    • skyewaters

      December 19, 2015 at 2:51 am Reply

      I love your comment Christine 😊 Thank you! I’ll be enjoying those hot days soon too…looking forward to it.

  • Andre Blaauw

    October 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Thought provoking…

    • skyewaters

      October 25, 2015 at 8:19 pm Reply

      Thanks for your comment Andre

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